The Significance of a Teacher

The Significance of a Teacher

Aarti Natarajan Sharma

A teacher is considered to be the single greatest influence in a child’s life, after the parents. Children spend several hours in a day under the tutelage of teachers. They observe them, imitate them and learn from them. Respect for teachers is deeply ingrained in children from early childhood. In fact, parents often turn to teachers to seek guidance about their children. 

However, it is important to remember that a teacher is not just one who teaches in educational institutions. A teacher or a mentor can be anyone who imparts important life lessons. We meet a number of people through the course of our lives. At every stage, we often come across a person who we look up to and learn valuable things from. This could be a parent, a friend or a colleague. 

In the famous epic the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna imparts great knowledge and wisdom to his friend and devotee Arjun. These life lessons which are relevant even today, are known as the Bhagavad Gita . It is because of this that Lord Krishna is known as the greatest teachers of all time.  

A good teacher can transform learning into fun, where even a boring subject starts to become enjoyable. The mark of good teachers is the remembrance given to them by their students. If you can remember what you learned in terms of life skills years later, then you were fortunate enough to have a great teacher. 

With the pandemic throwing life into chaos, one segment of society which deserves an applause are teachers. Overnight most teachers had to figure out new ways of teaching, master online classes and figure out how to teach virtually. It hasn’t been easy. But they did it and are continuing to do it. Truly, teachers deserve the heartfelt appreciation of all parents and students. With Teacher’s Day around the corner, this is the best time to show your respect and appreciation with a gift that your teacher can cherish. 

Goddess Saraswati is known as the Goddess of Learning. One of the things you can gift your teacher is something related to the Goddess, for instance, the Saraswati Chalisa . This chalisa or prayer book is a 40-verse prayer in praise of the Goddess. Teachers symbolise all aspects of learning and what better gift than a prayer book dedicated to the Goddess of Learning. 

One of our earliest memories in school is of teachers holding the pencil and trying to make us write. From the way we hold a pencil to the way our handwriting developed; at every stage the contribution of our teachers was immeasurable. Even today, teachers are indelibly associated in our minds with all things related to stationery. For a lot of people, their love for stationery began with their teachers. Most teachers also love receiving gifts related to stationery! 

There are numerous options of stationery gifts these days. Stationery sets are a popular choice especially if they have customisation options. There is quite nothing as thrilling as seeing your name printed on stationery! Stationery can also be chosen according to the colour preference of the person you are gifting it to; something which showcases your thoughtfulness. 

Teachers come in all forms and from every walk of life. Their presence is interwoven into the fabric of our lives and their influence works on us, both directly and indirectly. Though Teacher’s Day is one day dedicated to teachers, a teacher can be made to feel special any day of the year. A gift, no matter how big or small, is sure to make your teacher or mentor smile and remember you fondly.